While delighting in all manifestations of the Terpsichorean muse—Native American ceremonies, punk, the Uyghur muqam, Polish jazz, and so on and on—the Bach cantatas are an inexhaustible treasury (see under A Bach retrospective).
The blessed congregation of the Nikolaikirche in Leipzig heard O ewiges Feuer on Pentacost Sunday in 1727. Here’s John Eliot Gardiner with a recording just before the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage in 2000:
One of the most exhilarating experiences, both to play and to listen to, is the final chorus (from 14.46), with joyous violins punctuated by trumpets and drums (cf. the 3rd orchestral suite).
Friede über Israel Peace upon Israel
Dankt den höchsten Wunderhänden, Give thanks to the exalted wondrous hands,
Dankt, Gott hat an euch gedacht. give thanks, God has been mindful of you.
Ja, sein Segen wirkt mit Macht, Yea, His blessing is mighty in effect,
Friede über Israel, in sending peace upon Israel,
Friede über euch zu senden. and peace upon you.
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